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Top quotes by Lewis Carroll on love, life, learning, strength and wisdom.

98 Top Quotes By Lewis Carroll, The Author Of Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland

Quick Facts

Famous As: Author, Mathematician and Photographer

Born On: January 27, 1832

Died On: January 14, 1898

Born In: England

Died At Age: 65

No girl can deny the fact that she never fantasied being Alice and spending sometime in the latter’s Wonderland having a taste of adventure. That itself reflects the influence Lewis Carroll has had on literature and the life of people. Author of the famous and bestselling book, ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ and ‘Through the Looking Glass’, Lewis Carroll needs no introduction. An ace storyteller, he was a genius who crafted a fantasy world that every reader wanted to be a part of. Interestingly, Carroll first brought life to his character of Alice while on a boat ride with his sisters. It was upon the insistence of the girls that he started spinning stories of the topsy-turvy adventures of Alice in her Wonderland and rest as they say is history. In no time, Carroll became one of the most loved authors of English language, competing with the likes of Shakespeare and Bible as the most quoted works of literature in history. While his characters have become entrenched in our culture, his stories have been deemed classics and have been translated into countless different languages; so have been his quotes that give a new perspective to life and living. Explore this section and find a collection of quotes by Lewis Carroll. Get inspired.

It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.

Lewis Carroll

She generally gave herself very good advice, (though she very seldom followed it).

Lewis Carroll

Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely, "and go on till you come to the end: then stop.

Lewis Carroll

Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

Lewis Carroll

Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle.

Lewis Carroll

One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth the doing is what we do for others.

Lewis Carroll

I don't think..." then you shouldn't talk, said the Hatter.

Lewis Carroll

If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal faster than it does.

Lewis Carroll

I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then

Lewis Carroll

Why it's simply impassible! Alice: Why, don't you mean impossible? Door: No, I do mean impassible. (chuckles) Nothing's impossible!

Lewis Carroll

Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe; All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe.

Lewis Carroll

Have I gone mad? I'm afraid so, but let me tell you something, the best people usually are.

Lewis Carroll

No, no! The adventures first, explanations take such a dreadful time.

Lewis Carroll

We're all mad here.

Lewis Carroll

Everything is funny, if you can laugh at it.

Lewis Carroll

I'm not strange, weird, off, nor crazy, my reality is just different from yours.

Lewis Carroll

If you drink much from a bottle marked 'poison' it is certain to disagree with you sooner or later.

Lewis Carroll

Alice:How long is forever? White Rabbit:Sometimes, just one second.

Lewis Carroll

In a Wonderland they lie, Dreaming as the days go by, Dreaming as the summers die: Ever drifting down the stream- Lingering in the golden gleam- Life, what is it but a dream?

Lewis Carroll

Contrariwise,' continued Tweedledee, 'if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic.

Lewis Carroll

I'm afraid I can't explain myself, sir. Because I am not myself, you see?

Lewis Carroll

My dear, here we must run as fast as we can, just to stay in place. And if you wish to go anywhere you must run twice as fast as that.

Lewis Carroll

Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.

Lewis Carroll

The time has come," the walrus said, "to talk of many things: Of shoes and ships - and sealing wax - of cabbages and kings

Lewis Carroll

If you don't know where you are going any road can take you there

Lewis Carroll

He was part of my dream, of course -- but then I was part of his dream, too.

Lewis Carroll

How puzzling all these changes are! I'm never sure what I'm going to be, from one minute to another.

Lewis Carroll

Where should I go?" -Alice. "That depends on where you want to end up." - The Cheshire Cat.

Lewis Carroll

And what is the use of a book," thought Alice, "without pictures or conversation?

Lewis Carroll

Off with their heads!

Lewis Carroll

I knew who I was this morning, but I've changed a few times since then.

Lewis Carroll

Tut, tut, child!" said the Duchess. "Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it.

Lewis Carroll

The Mad Hatter: "Would you like some wine?" Alice: "Yes..." The Mad Hatter: "We haven't any and you're too young.

Lewis Carroll

It is better to be feared than loved.

Lewis Carroll

It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards,' says the White Queen to Alice.

Lewis Carroll

The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.

Lewis Carroll

Yes, that's it! Said the Hatter with a sigh, it's always tea time.

Lewis Carroll

Speak in French when you can’t think of the English for a thing-- turn your toes out when you walk--- And remember who you are!

Lewis Carroll

Well, I never heard it before, but it sounds uncommon nonsense.

Lewis Carroll

I'd give all the wealth that years have piled, the slow result of life's decay, To be once more a little child for one bright summer day.

Lewis Carroll

Alice had got so much into the way of expecting nothing but out-of-the-way things to happen, that it seemed quite dull and stupid for life to go on in the common way.

Lewis Carroll

Why is a raven like a writing desk?

Lewis Carroll

Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!

Lewis Carroll

There is a place, like no place on earth. A land full of wonder, mystery, and danger. Some say, to survive it, you need to be as mad as a hatter. Which, luckily, I am.

Lewis Carroll

I give myself very good advice, but I very seldom follow it.

Lewis Carroll

In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again.

Lewis Carroll

I could tell you my adventures—beginning from this morning,” said Alice a little timidly; “but it’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.

Lewis Carroll

If you set to work to believe everything, you will tire out the believing-muscles of your mind, and then you'll be so weak you won't be able to believe the simplest true things.

Lewis Carroll

Either it brings tears to their eyes, or else -" "Or else what?" said Alice, for the Knight had made a sudden pause. "Or else it doesn't, you know.

Lewis Carroll

Cat: Where are you going? Alice: Which way should I go? Cat: That depends on where you are going. Alice: I don’t know. Cat: Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.

Lewis Carroll

Take care of the sense and the sounds will take care of themselves.

Lewis Carroll

No wise fish would go anywhere without a porpoise.

Lewis Carroll

‎You're not the same as you were before," he said. You were much more... muchier... you've lost your muchness.

Lewis Carroll

It's always tea-time.

Lewis Carroll

If you'll believe in me, I'll believe in you. Is that a bargain?

Lewis Carroll

It would be so nice if something made sense for a change.

Lewis Carroll

We're all mad here. Im mad. You're mad

Lewis Carroll

Little Alice fell d o w n the hOle, bumped her head and bruised her soul

Lewis Carroll

Read the directions and directly you will be directed in the right direction.

Lewis Carroll

Speak English!' said the Eaglet. 'I don't know the meaning of half those long words, and I don't believe you do either!

Lewis Carroll

When I used to read fairy-tales, I fancied that kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!

Lewis Carroll

Rule Forty-two. All persons more than a mile high to leave the court.

Lewis Carroll

Life, what is it but a dream?

Lewis Carroll

Oh, you can't help that,' said the cat. 'We're all mad here.

Lewis Carroll

Look after the senses and the sounds will look after themselves

Lewis Carroll

She who saves a single soul, saves the universe.

Lewis Carroll

But, said Alice, if the world has absolutely no sense, who's stopping us from inventing one?

Lewis Carroll

Which way you ought to go depends on where you want to get to...

Lewis Carroll

I have seen so many extraordinary things, nothing seems extraordinary any more

Lewis Carroll

I wish I hadn't cried so much!” said Alice, as she swam about, trying to find her way out. I shall be punished for it now, I suppose, by being drowned in my own tears !

Lewis Carroll

That's the reason they're called lessons," the Gryphon remarked: "because they lessen from day to day.

Lewis Carroll

We are but older children, dear, Who fret to find our bedtime near.

Lewis Carroll

If you limit your actions in life to things that nobody can possibly find fault with, you will not do much!

Lewis Carroll

For, you see, so many out-of-the-way things had happened lately, that Alice had begun to think that very few things indeed were really impossible.

Lewis Carroll

I'm very brave generally,' he went on in a low voice: 'only today I happen to have a headache.' (Tweedledum)

Lewis Carroll

Speak roughly to your little boy and beat him when he sneezes! he only does it to annoy, because he knows it teases!

Lewis Carroll

What a strange world we live in...Said Alice to the Queen of hearts

Lewis Carroll

People who don't think shouldn't talk.

Lewis Carroll

Sentence first; verdict afterwards." -Queen of Hearts

Lewis Carroll

Well, when one's lost, I suppose it's good advice to stay where you are until someone finds you.

Lewis Carroll

Consider anything, only don’t cry!

Lewis Carroll

You're thinking about something, and it makes you forget to talk.

Lewis Carroll

The time has come The walrus said To talk of many things: Of shoes- and ships- And sealing wax- Of cabbages and kings- And why the sae is boiling hot- And whether pigs have wings.

Lewis Carroll

When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes, I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.

Lewis Carroll

Thy loving smile will surely hail The love-gift of a fairy tale.

Lewis Carroll

Do you suppose she's a wildflower?

Lewis Carroll

It is a very inconvenient habit of kittens (Alice had once made the remark) that whatever you say to them, they always purr.

Lewis Carroll

Well that was the silliest tea party I ever went to! I am never going back there again!

Lewis Carroll

Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it

Lewis Carroll

Well! I've often seen a cat without a grin,' thought Alice 'but a grin without a cat! It's the most curious thing i ever saw in my life!

Lewis Carroll

She tried to fancy what the flame of a candle is like after the candle is blown out, for she could not remember ever having seen such a thing.

Lewis Carroll

Curiouser and curiouser!” Cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English).

Lewis Carroll

The things most people want to know about are usually none of their business.

Lewis Carroll

But then, shall I never get any older than I am now? That'll be a comfort, one way -- never to be an old woman -- but then -- always to have lessons to learn!

Lewis Carroll

Up above the world you fly, like a tea tray in the sky...

Lewis Carroll

If it had grown up, it would have made a dreadfully ugly child; but it makes rather a handsome pig, I think.

Lewis Carroll

Always speak the truth, think before you speak, and write it down afterwards.

Lewis Carroll